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Flex trick: using Flash Resource Manager for reading the documentation

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As said in my previous post, i would go into more detail on Flex development. Here is a nice trick that can speed up development, using Mike Chambers Flash Resource Manager. It’s such a nifty tool, i’ve been using it all the time since it came out. If you’re not using it, now is a good excuse to install it ( requires .NET runtime ).

I will show you how you can use the Flex HTML documentation within Flash Resource Manager so you don’t need to have a browser open or print out the PDF, which will save you a tree and thus give you good karma! 😉

Please note that this trick is not new, in fact it is already noted on the FRM page, but i’ll give you a quick HOWTO including screenshots and hey, it’s a nice starting point for my trick series.


1. First thing is downloading the folllowing:

  • Flash Resource Manager
    Again, you need the .NET runtime, the program itself is free for download.

  • Flex Documentation
    Search for the documentation zip on the end of that page.

    2. Install FRM and unzip the zip file to a folder on your PC ( i was lazy and unzipped to my desktop)

    3. Run FRM by doubleclicking on the icon on your desktop
    frm_00

    4. Open Preferences using “View->Preferences”
    frm_01

    5. Open the second tab called “Help”
    frm_02

    6. Click on the button labeled “Add”

    7. Browse to the folder where you unzipped the documentation, and select the file called “000_flex.xml”. Click Open
    frm_03

    8. Restart FRM

    9. Et Voila, you have now access to all of the documentation from Flex. Drag FRM to a second monitor and off you go!
    frm_04

    Expect more tricks and tips on Flex later this week.

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  • Written by ohwhen

    May 31, 2004 at 8:58 pm

    Posted in Web/Tech

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    1. Tutorial : Using Flash Resource Manager with Flex Docs

      Owen Van Dijk has put together a step by step tutorial showing how to use the Flash Resource Manager to read the Flex docs. This will also work with other HTML based docs, such as ColdFusion. You can view the entire tutorial here. You can find out more…

      mesh on mx

      May 31, 2004 at 11:04 pm


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